Hargreaves' recurring knee injury ruled him out for the rest of the season yesterday and while that comes as no great surprise, surely we must be asking ourselves is it worth going through the same old routine with Hargreaves as we had to endure with Saha.
Hargreaves will travel to the US to visit specialist Dr Steadman, the surgeon who has already operated on his right knee. This time he will have the same procedure carried out on his left knee.
The 27 year old has managed just 37 appearances since his £18m move from Bayern Munich. He has always been blighted by injury, which has started to restrict his opportunities in England's crowded midfield. He is an integral player for club and country and fans will be hoping for a speedy resolution, but this could be just one operation too many?
He has already had unsuccessful visits to specialists in London and in Sweden, sparking fears that his career may be cut short.
Ferguson is a big fan of Hargreaves but after just 3 games this season, will it force the club to move for a replacement in the next transfer window? Reports in this mornings newspapers have suggested that Lassana Diarra and Axel Witsel are high on the transfer wishlist of Sir Alex, but have United got enough in reserve? I believe Anderson has the abilities to be a long overdue successor to Roy Keane and you do wonder if the injury now to Hargreaves will force the boss to give the Brazilian the role.
Should United bring in a replacement for Hargreaves in January or can Fletcher, Possebon and Anderson do a job for Manchester United?